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The Best Spots for Birdwatching in the Grand Canyon
Beyond sightseeing and backpacking, birding is one of the most popular...
Drainage pools near the Hearst Tanks fill with runoff during the spring, and are often the only
water around for miles. In...
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The Best Spots for Birdwatching in the Grand Canyon

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http://www.scenic.com | Do a bit of research before your next scheduled Grand Canyon trip in order to find the best locations for viewing birds in their natural habitats. There are so many species that call the area home, including majestic Bald Eagles and endangered condors.

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The Best Spots for Birdwatching in the Grand Canyon

  1. 1. The Best Spots for Birdwatching in the Grand Canyon Beyond sightseeing and backpacking, birding is one of the most popular activities for Grand Canyon visitors. Home to over 370 species of birds,1 every area of the park offers the chance to view our feathered friends in their natural habitat – you just have to know where to look. Here are a few of the best spots for birdwatching in the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon Village Due to its proximity to the visitor’s center, Grand Canyon Village is one of the most toured parts of the park. It is also located directly on the rim of the canyon, making the town an ideal location for viewing soaring birds of prey. Use binoculars to check the cliffs below Lookout Studio and Bright Angel Lodge for roosts belonging to Zone-Tailed Hawks or the endangered California Condor. Smaller birds that favor pinyon-juniper woodlands can also be viewed in the area, including Canyon Wrens, Pine Grosbeak, and American Three-Toed Woodpeckers, to name a few. Yaki Point and Lipan Point Two other areas of the park known for viewing birds of prey are Yaki Point and Lipan Point. For years, birding enthusiasts noticed that raptors were using these locations during migration, so in the 1990s, both points were established as watch sites by preservationists Hawkwatch International. Tourists can visit both areas to join official counters as they update raptor- migration tally boards. In addition to watching for California Condors, they also keep track of Sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, Red-tailed, and Swainson’s Hawks; plus American Kestrels, osprey, eagles, and falcons. Bright Angel Trail This hiking trail is one of the most well known backpacking locations in Grand Canyon National Park. The path begins near the South Rim by Grand Canyon Village and affords fantastic views every step of the way, traveling to the lush Indian Garden all the way down to secluded Phantom Ranch. The Bright Angel trail is also well maintained and features plentiful shade, making it a popular destination for newcomers. Another perk of exploring Bright Angel Trail by foot is the ability to view a multitude of bird species in their natural habitats. The path travels through several different ecosystems as well, ranging from forest to riparian. Birdwatchers on the trail may stumble upon species of orioles, warblers, and sparrows; as well as colorful birds like Summer Tanagers, Yellow-breasted Chats, Lazuli Buntings, and Painted Redstarts. Hearst Tanks In the late 1800s, Grandview Point was a hotbed for mining activity. It was also a popular tourist destination featuring the famous first-class Grandview Hotel. As mining activity decreased during the twentieth century, settlers left the area behind. Today all that remains are old water towers in an area known as Hearst Tanks.
  2. 2. Drainage pools near the Hearst Tanks fill with runoff during the spring, and are often the only water around for miles. In addition to attracting wildlife like elk and coyote, the water also draws countless species of birds looking for a drink, including: Western Tanagers Black-headed Grosbeaks Grace’s Warbler Wild Turkeys Northern Goshawk If you and your family are birding enthusiasts, consider adding these park locations to the list for your next Grand Canyon sightseeing tour. From endangered raptors to common finches, there are so many birds that can be spotted year-round.

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